Upcycle Time: Half Shopping, Half Photo Safari
Some kind of ornamental storage cylinder for a desk.
Looks like Wall-E, doesn't it?
I considered buying this small metal scoop.
Today there were a lot of very bright things.
No idea what this is, but there are two parts.
Saucepan from my parents' era.
Yet another rejected, shiny gift
Plaster model of a homemade birthday cake
Comes with its own.. . .knife thing.
There were two of these.
Tomatoes or apples?
Open-mouth singers are a thrift store meme
Oversize or undersize.
More faux veggies and fruits
Gitter and a frog.
Thrift store shelf tableau #4378.
I see a faint Alexander Calder influence.
It's not just the perspective of the photo.
It's Maine, after all.
Contrast in textures.
And the circles, they go round and round. . .
Stack o' binders.
Plastic toy kitchenware.
Pleather boot dropping over onto decorative bottle.
A little creepy, no?
Fritz Lang came to mind.
I found out what caused the clinking
Last thing I looked at this trip.
Score! Vintage Kenmore deep fryer!
We saw this and both agreed that in our childhood homes, we'd had the same basic model but with the knob and handles in black. I often refuse to buy anything which isn't half-price with the magic sticker color of the day, but this was four bucks and looked in good shape and not just retro-looking but actually retro so I went full-price.
I used to have an electric griddle to cook latkes for Hanukkah, and I found it helpful to have the temperature dial. Also, a few months ago, I tried making hush puppies in a cast iron skillet on the stove top, and I ended up making heavy grease bombs and making the air in our house almost unbreathable as it was too hard to adjust the electric stove burner to avoid smoking up the place while keeping the frying oil hot enough.
Our Goodwill is very gracious about returns, so I kept the receipt and hoped the fryer would turn on when I brought it home and plugged it in. And it did!
Wasn't sure if it was the real thing, but it was!
Thrift store visits affirm all our green values
The permaculture / sustainability concepts move beyond the garden for me. At the thrift store:
1. We donate anything we're not actively using, so someone else can buy used instead of new.
2. When we do buy, we buy used.
3. We upcycle and re-purpose all kinds of stuff we fin.
4. My spouse and I use window-shopping at a free source of entertainment, showing each other lovely things, strange things, and things which bring back memories for us. Much better than buying junk at the mall or the dollar store.
5. Once I discovered the concept of taking digital photos of the items I see while thrifting or wandering around thrift stores, I not only uncluttered but found a new way to express my creative self.
6. We buy from neighbors and Goodwill, keeping the money local and financially supporting worker training and salaries. We never shop at Salvation Army because of their anti-LGBT politics.
6. Many of the gift items we give have been repaired, cleaned, polished, repainted, repackaged, in any way we could think of to keep them out of the landfill.
Our fave place to spend an hour while spending very little money.
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